Impact Analysis of Car-Sharing Services and User Behaviour Delivers Interesting Findings in Bremen

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 04 Jun 2018


In 2017, the City of Bremen commissioned the Berlin Institute to carry out an impact analysis of shared mobility in Bremen as part of the SHARE-North project. Results of the study are now available in German (with an English language version currently being produced). 

The project found that the City of Bremen's multi-modal approach to car-sharing has proven to be highly effective - a reduction of more than 5,000 privately owned cars can be directly attributed to the car sharing schemes in Bremen. The study found that there are more than 14,000 car share users in the city, 3 car share providers, 344 car-sharing vehicles and 102 car-share stations.  It is thought that the location of the sharing stations is highly favourable to encourage the use of the service as it ensures that users do not have to travel far when looking for a vehicle.

After surveying car-share users, the study also discovered that many cite 'convenience' as the biggest incentive. Factors such as not having to worry about car insurance or vehicle maintenance costs and the flexibility of car-sharing contribute greatly to the appeal of the service.

The study also found that only 21% of car-sharing users in Bremen have their own private vehicle - compared to 80% of non users and that car-sharing users are more likely to also use other, sustainable transport modes when a vehicle is not required. In addition, car-sharing service users are also more likely to support local businesses than those that own and travel via private car, which in turn strengthens the local economy.

Hannes Schreier, the leading researcher on the project stated that, “The reliability of the offer and close proximity and density of stations are very important building blocks ... This is a fundamental success factor of car-sharing in Bremen."

The full German language report can be accessed here and the study team will provide an English language version of the report to those interested (contact;

Results first announced 25 May 2018 at;

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